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Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - October 22, 2018
This week: Will Oregon's record low unemployment rate and increased hiring plans by employers put upward pressure on wages? The Portland metro area apartment vacancy rate remains relatively flat from a year ago according to a new report, and in Washington State, the legislature appears up for grabs in the midterm election which may result in rent control being taken up once again in the coming year.
Duration: 13:12
Multifamily Marketwatch Special Edition: The Race for Governor
On Sunday, the Oregonian/Oregonlive endorsed Knute Buehler for Oregon's next governor. Now that the race for governor is a statistical dead heat between Buehler and incumbent Democrat Kate Brown, we're making available the audio from Buehler's speech to apartment owners from our roundtable event held earlier this year.
Duration: 17:57
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - Monday October 8, 2018
This week: An 18-month review of the City of Portland inclusionary Housing Program leads the Housing Bureau to plan refinements to the program. The Portland City Council will vote Wednesday morning on an ordinance requiring owners of unreinforced masonry buildings to post signs stating the builds are unsafe. And the New York Times reports a national cool-down in the housing market as prices outpace wage growth.
Duration: 13:11
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - October 1, 2018
This week: Metro Council is working now on plans to quickly allocate monies to build or preserve up to 3,900 units of affordable housing if a $516 million bond levy is supported by voters in next month's midterms; US Senator Elizabeth Warren proposes a federal bill that would raise estate taxes to bankroll a $500 billion fund for affordable housing.
Duration: 12:16
Multifamily Marketwatch Special Edition - September 24, 2018
Dr. Gerard Mildner, director of the Portland State University Center for Real Estate, offers his insight into current housing issues in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area.
Duration: 31:52
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - September 17, 2018
This week: The Portland City Council plans to take up the matter of new rental screening criteria proposed by commissioner Chloe Eudaly on Thursday, October, 18th. The Portland Housing Bureau has loosened inclusionary zoning rules for condos; the mayor of Milwaukie, Oregon says that housing affordability is in crisis and plans to hold discussions for implementing a renter relocation policy like Portland's along with policies that encourage increased density.
Duration: 12:28
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - September 10, 2018
This week: The Portland City Council vote on URM placard warning signs has been rescheduled to Wednesday, October 3rd; PBOT is narrowing its Central City in Motion Plan down to 18 project bundles, which now include cost estimates and impact analyses; and Victoria Transport Policy Institute founder Todd Litman has a number of ideas that could help cities increase housing and transit affordability.
Duration: 12:39
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - September 4, 2018
This week: Oregon state economists predicted taxpayers might receive a large kicker in 2020 - the same year an economic slowdown is forecast; economist Joe Cortright explains why blocking new housing projects in low-income neighborhoods does not prevent displacement; and Adidas breaks ground on a significant expansion of its North Portland campus, which is expected to house 1,000 additional permanent workers.
Duration: 12:13
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - August 27, 2018
This week: The City of Portland passes new zoning for mobile home parks, creating an obstacle for redevelopment; The President's tariff on building materials is causing projects to be scaled back or abandoned; The justice department announced its support for a lawsuit accusing Facebook of violating fair housing laws.
Duration: 12:44
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - August 20, 2018
This week: Clackamas County elected officials show support for Metro's housing bond at a Chamber of Commerce event; the city of Portland debates new rules for developers pertaining to how and when neighborhoods should be notified of new construction; and economists and housing experts respond to a claim in the Washington Post that building new housing only helps the rich.
Duration: 13:21
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - August 13, 2018
This week: Auditors find that about 80% of Portland's short-term rentals may be operating illegally; Mayor Ted Wheeler rearranges oversight of Portland's bureaus, and the City of Vancouver Washington throws its support behind building a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River--five years after Washington's state Legislature scuttled the idea.
Duration: 11:55
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - August 6, 2018
This week: tenants in a SE Portland apartment complex decide to go on a rent strike; the Portland City Council postpones voting on the residential infill plan; while on the national stage, a California Senator is calling for the federal government to create a tax credit for families who spend more than 30% of their income on rent.
Duration: 12:10
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - July 30, 2018
This week: the Portland City Council has created a housing registry landlords of one or more units; Metro council staff released the draft 2018 Urban Growth report and a recent survey finds growing frustration between Seattle landlords and their City Council.
Duration: 11:49
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - July 23, 2018
Olympia Washington's planning commission recommends city-wide zoning changes to encourage more "missing middle housing;" Oregon's property tax limits are criticized by DC-based Center for Budget and Policy Priorities for forcing cities and counties to charge fees disproportionately impacting the poor...and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler claims the city is making progress on the issue of homelessness.
Duration: 11:25
Multifamily Marketwatch - July 16, 2018
This week: The possibility of oversupply in the Portland market has developers feeling jittery; Portland's planning commission endorsed a new zone that mobile home park residents hope will save them from redevelopment; and a new study indicates that if Americans want European levels of density, they will need to choose between single family and high rises, or streets dominated entirely by mid-rise buildings similar to Berlin and Paris.
Duration: 11:20
Multifamily Marketwatch Special Edition: Tenant Relocation Fees
Attorney Andy Hahs offers details of the City of Portland's relocation fee program. Hahs also covers potential issues with the City of Portland's draft tenant screening plan. Hahs is a partner with Bittner & Hahs, P.C. He has decades of experience in landlord/tenant law.
Duration: 23:50
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - July 2, 2018
This week: The Zidell family calls it quits for now on developing 33-acres on the South Waterfront; Portland posts top gains in educated adults, and hundreds of both luxury condos and 250-square foot microunits are--or soon will be--under construction in Portland.
Duration: 11:56
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - June 25, 2018
This week: Portland's mayor proposes a plan to help renters expunge criminal convictions; climate change is having the least impact on Oregon and Washington; Portland and Multnomah county government are working together on a plan to allow homeless families to park overnight on church property and the Portland City Council imposed a 2% fee on short-term rentals to support Travel Portland and a $4 per night fee to support low-income housing.
Duration: 11:55
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - June 18, 2018
This week: The Portland City Council puts off for another year a vote on seismic retrofit requirements; The National Multifamily Housing Council reports that over 30 percent of the cost of multifamily development is due to governmental regulation; and the Oregonian editorial board questions whether Metro's plan to place a $652 million affordable housing bond on the November ballot is enough to make a difference in the housing crisis.
Duration: 12:11
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - June 11, 2018
This week: After holding off for several months, the City of Portland begins spending money from the affordable housing bond; Metro receives requests from four cities in Oregon to expand the urban growth boundary, and cities across the country begin to see the impacts of the national housing shortage.
Duration: 11:39
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - June 4, 2018
This week: The Portland City Council took an initial vote to allow taller buildings in Portland's Chinatown; Tacoma appears on track to overtake Spokane as the Washington state's second largest city, and the CEO of Seattle-based real estate website Redfin blames restrictive zoning laws for the country's housing affordability crisis.
Duration: 10:38
Multifamily Marketwatch Special Edition
In this week's special edition, HFO partner Greg Frick discusses the Portland apartment market with economic and housing analyst Joe Cortright of City Observatory. Cortright argues that Portland is disincentivizing construction -- exactly the opposite of what is needed to create affordable housing.
Duration: 27:01
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - May 21, 2018
This week: Oregon primaries result in a political shift to the left; affordable housing developers face funding shortfall due to federal tax cuts; and Seattle passes a tax on large businesses to fund affordable housing programs, despite threats from Amazon.
Duration: 11:50
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - May 14, 2018
This week: The Portland City Council heard public testimony on proposed requirements for seismic retrofits of the city's unreinforced masonry buildings; City commissioner Chloe Eudaly plans to call for new tenants screening rules and the multifamily housing council posts a review and synthesis of the inefficiencies of rent control policies.
Duration: 12:35
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - May 7, 2018
This week: Portland's latest data on rent increases; a public hearing takes place Wednesday, May 9th on the City's proposed unreinforced masonry plan, and the City will hold two public hearings on its controversial residential infill plan.
Duration: 09:57
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - April 30, 2018
This week: Housing activists in Seattle push for increased density in inner-city neighborhoods; Willamette week releases its endorsements for the May primary, and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler will ask the City Council to halt spending of the $258 million affordable housing levy approved by voters in November of 2016 until next January.
Duration: 11:07
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - April 23, 2018
This week: the latest apartment survey indicates vacancy rates are on the rise in Portland but remain among the lowest in the country; baby boomers and millennials both want to live in walkable, close-in urban neighborhoods. After ten years of planning, this year will see the groundbreaking for the $70 million Rockwood Rising project in Gresham.
Duration: 12:39
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - April 16, 2018
This week:Seattle has passed a law requiring landlords to separate rent and parking fees, allowing renters to opt-out of paying for parking; the Sherwood City Council wants Metro to expand its urban growth boundary by adding 373 acres south of Sherwood High School and a study by CityLab indicates housing scarcity and affordability are more global than local in nature.
Duration: 11:38
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - April 9, 2018
This week: A recent third-party study of Portland's proposed Residential Infill Project concludes it will reduce demolitions and increase housing; A Washington State Judge rules that Seattle's law requiring landlords to accept tenants on a "first-come-first-served" basis violates the state constitution; Oregon sees the return of middle-wage jobs.
Duration: 11:26
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - April 2, 2018
This Week: Candidates to replace Dan Saltzman on Portland's city council are profiled; regional government announces plans to develop affordable housing on the SW corridor ahead of new MAX line construction; proposed building height increases in Portland's old town comes up for a council vote on Wednesday.
Duration: 10:28
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - March 26, 2018 Special Report
The City of Portland apparently plans to move forward with an ordinance requiring seismic upgrades to hundreds of Portland apartment buildings without funding assistance in place. The group Save Portland Buildings argues such a plan will result in the reduction of affordable housing stock through demolition due to the cost to owners. A group spokeswoman discusses how the process has worked -- or not -- thus far. The ordinance comes up for a vote in April.
Duration: 21:01
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - March 19, 2018
This week: The Portland City Council weighs whether to support a 10-year tax abatement to improve the results of its inclusionary housing program; Portland ties in 9th place with Boston and Nashville in a list of the best markets in the country for commercial property investments and -- if somehow you missed it -- there was new reporting on a potential damage from a future major quake off the coast of Oregon.
Duration: 12:18
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - March 12, 2018
This week: the City of Portland expands rental relocation assistance fees to owners of even one rental unit, and makes the fees permanent; Washington State's legislature passes a law prohibiting landlords from discriminating against tenants with section 8 vouchers; the Portland City Council rejects 300 apartments in the Pearl District and rejected construction of 2,617 additional housing at RiverPlace that would have added 500 units of affordable housing.
Duration: 10:12
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - March 5, 2018
Last week: The Portland City Council heard hours of testimony, mostly from renters, on a proposal to make Portland's renter relocation fee permanent while expanding it to all landlords of one unit or more. The City will also consider whether to begin a landlord registration system as discussion is expected to continue this week; Metro plans a $1.7 billion affordable housing bond measure for November's ballot.
Duration: 11:16
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - February 26, 2018
This week: Seattle follows Portland's lead in the effort to require seismic retrofits for unreinforced masonry buildings; local developers come out against proposed inclusionary zoning rules for condo developments; the potential for a democratic supermajority in the Oregon legislature begins to take shape--can rent control be far behind?
Duration: 12:02
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - February 19, 2018
This week: the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability released a 12-month study of Portland's Inclusionary Housing requirement, recommending that the city modify the policy; the Portland Business Journal ranked the top 35 elementary schools in Oregon and SW Washington; and developers of low-income housing are trying to make up for funding shortfalls resulting from the corporate tax cut.
Duration: 11:23
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - February 12, 2018
This week: Jobs are up in Oregon and employment gains are expected across all industries in 2018; more than 3,500 people responded to the City of Portland's call for comments on the Residential Infill Project; Metro is planning for two upcoming bond measures for affordable housing and transportation projects.
Duration: 11:19
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - February 5, 2018
This week: Portland mayor Ted Wheeler will introduce incentives next month in an attempt to offset the stagnant response to Portland's year-old inclusionary zoning requirement; Oregon companies go on a hiring spree; and apartment rents increased again last year with west coast cites leading the pack.
Duration: 11:27
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - January 29, 2018
This week: there's a controversy brewing over heights of new buildings in downtown Portland; a new report ranks Portland's rents as the 20th highest in the nation; and leaked White House "infrastructure plans" call for a 50% reduction in the federal reimbursement rate for new projects.
Duration: 11:05
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - January 22, 2018
This week: in Washington State there’s a new legislative proposal to end the state ban on rent control; in Portland, the topic of just how tall new buildings should be; and if Seattle can build 1,400 affordable housing units for $100 million, why does Portland need $258 million for just 1,300 units? We explain.
Duration: 12:30
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - January 15, 2018
This week: Portland-area real estate professionals weigh in on how the new tax law will impact the commercial real estate industry; the Historic Landmarks Commission and neighborhood residents are pushing back on a low-income housing project being proposed in the Historic Alphabet District; two moving companies confirm that Oregon is still a top moving destination - the state added 65,000 people last year.
Duration: 12:20
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - December 18, 2017
This week: Cities across the country are looking to retain millennials by adding duplexes, triplexes, rowhouses and other medium-density housing options that serve the middle class and keep them from being forced out; a local expert says Portland's MSA needs 30,000 more housing units each year to keep up--something builders are saying is impossible due to development fees and permit timelines. Marketwatch returns January 15th.
Duration: 12:13
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - December 11, 2017
This week: Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development approves the City of Portland's 2035 Comprehensive Plan as at least one neighborhood readies its appeal; Portland Housing Bureau director Kurt Creager gets ousted by Mayor Ted Wheeler; the City of Portland buys 240 planned affordable housing units at $285-thousand dollars each.
Duration: 10:50
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - December 4, 2017
This week: City audit of its Prosper Portland department uncovers financial mismanagement; Oregon's population grows at a record level for the second straight year; Congressional Republicans' tax plan could throw a wrench into plans for thousands of affordable housing units in Oregon.
Duration: 10:20
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - November 20, 2017
This week: A major Portland homebuilder announced he will no longer build in the city due to excessive permitting times; Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler calls on the business community to help with homelessness; businesses complain city bureaucrats won't work with them.
Duration: 08:55
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - November 13, 2017
This week: Metro regional government releases a report concluding that Portland lacks adequate affordable housing; Bend considers ways to assist renters and affordable housing advocates speak out about the loss of specialized bonds that could eliminate construction of hundreds of thousands of affordable housing units.
Duration: 09:27
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - November 6, 2017
This week: Rents in Portland have fallen slightly, mostly for high-end units close to downtown; Bend renters are finding more options as several new multifamily housing communities open; a new study of rent control in San Francisco by a trio of Sanford economists documents how the policy has failed. Those stories and more in this week's Multifamily Marketwatch.
Duration: 10:05
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - October 30, 2017
This week: Want to live in the nation's best place for business and careers in 2017? If you live in Portland, Forbes says to stay put; more "for rent" signs are cropping up on lawns these days and the Washington Post says affordable housing stock has dropped 60% since 2010.
Duration: 08:44
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - October 24, 2017
This Week: Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly stops strict enforcement of code restrictions against sleeping in RVs and tiny houses built on private property without a permit; Portland State University reports that wages in Portland are rising, and housing prices are increasing at a slower rate.
Duration: 08:11
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - October 17, 2017
This week: a Portland Landlord slams Commissioner Eudaly for violating City of Portland social media policy and blocking him from her public Facebook page; the Portland Tribune reports that more than 15% of the cost of new apartment buildings comes from City of Portland fees and development charges.
Duration: 08:46
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - October 10, 2017
This week: Chloe Eudaly's First Right of Refusal ordinance for renters would likely apply to all types of rental housing; Portland developers propose to build up to 2,500 units on Portland's waterfront, including 500 affordable units, in exchange for increased height limits.
Duration: 09:58
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - October 3, 2017
This week: Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly wants to give tenants first right of refusal to buy apartment buildings before they hit the market, and Mayor Ted Wheeler will ask for an 18-month extension of Portland's housing emergency -- this time requiring agencies to figure out when to end it.
Duration: 10:26
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - September 26, 2017
This week: The Tribune turns a spotlight to the City of Portland's dysfunction; hurricane disasters could result in a construction slowdown due to scarcity of workers and increasing materials costs; and six months in -- the inclusionary zoning requirement's impact on apartment construction applications in the City of Portland.
Duration: 10:24
Multifamily Marketwatch Special
In an interview with HFO partner Greg Frick, Multifamily NW spokesman John McIsaac relates the bureaucratic difficulties facing developers in the City of Portland. Estimates are that 50,000 new apartments will be needed by 2030 to accommodate the nearly 100 people moving to the city every day.
Duration: 12:01
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - September 17, 2017
This week: the Metro council considers new taxes to help pay for affordable housing outside the city limits of Portland; The U.S. Census reports Oregon's median household income rose 6.2% in 2016, after decades of trailing the rest of the United States.
Duration: 09:34
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - September 12, 2017
This week: The Portland Unreinforced Masonry Policy Committee holds a final public meeting October 4th and then heads to City Council; Vacancy rates for studios and one-bedroom units are increasing; national economics professors argue that restrictive land use policies are adding drag to the national economy.
Duration: 10:39
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - Sept. 6, 2017
This week: lender to the rescue for Portland's pending seismic upgrade requirement? Cap rates continue to decline despite an increase in interest rates.
Duration: 08:20
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - August 15, 2017
This week: The City of Portland considers special tax breaks for projects approved before inclusionary zoning took effect; Mayor Ted Wheeler criticized for lack of action on affordable housing initiatives; and Portland's relatively low rent-to-income cost average.
Duration: 07:23
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - August 9, 2017
In this week's news: REIS announces the national vacancy rate; streamlining Portland's design review; affordable housing bill proposed in U.S. Senate.
Duration: 06:36
Multifamily Marketwatch Special
In an interview with HFO partner Greg Frick, Portland attorney Andy Hahs discusses the 2017 legislative session and Portland's relocation assistance program, which is likely to be modified and extended this year by Portland's City Council.
Duration: 23:45
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - August 1, 2017
This week: housing shortage to possibly worsen by 2030; developers underbuilding to avoid Portland IZ rules; Clark County tax appeals due 8/7.
Duration: 08:08
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - July 25, 2017
This Week: Low unemployment and lack of construction workers; city of Portland plans to renew the relocation assistance program this October.
Duration: 07:49
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - July 18, 2017
This week: Portland's relocation ordinance revisions; water bills to increase; for whom the driving tolls (it tolls for thee).
Duration: 07:18
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - July 11, 2017
Rent control remains banned in Oregon -- for now; City of Portland relocation fee ordinance withstands legal challenge.
Duration: 05:01
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - June 27, 2017
This week: Sen. Rod Monroe offers amendments to HB 2004; Laurelhurst fights to keep out the housing crisis; Chloe Eudaly criticizes landlords and developers
Duration: 07:02
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - June 20, 2017
This week: It's the economy -- higher interest rates, Oregon unemployment reaches a new record low and Amazon will create 1,500 new jobs in Troutdale by next summer.
Duration: 06:30
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - June 13, 2017
This week: Lawmakers in Oregon and Washington consider real estate tax increases; Oregon's rent control saga; Amazon to bring 1,500 new jobs to Troutdale; wages vs. rent; and across the country - slowing rent growth.
Duration: 06:44
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - June 6, 2017
This week: Rent control appears dead in Oregon legislature (but is it?), second bill requiring local governments to allow duplexes, ADUs and small multifamily projects in single family neighborhoods may be moving forward.
Duration: 05:11
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - May 24, 2017
This week: Portland's budget, school district levy, Oregon's robust economy, and where, oh where are the inclusionary zoning projects? We return after Memorial Day on June 6th.
Duration: 05:53
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - May 16, 2017
This week: Portland Mayor says housing trumps need for parking; conflict continues in the Eastmoreland neighborhood and the Portland Development Commission is now Prosper Portland. Our podcast returns next Weds 5/24.
Duration: 07:42
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - May 9, 2017
In this episode: newspapers worldwide reporting on Oregon's battle over rent control; a zoning bill in Salem causes uproar in Multnomah Village and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler proposes financial support for a Portland startup website to help renters.
Duration: 05:07
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - May 2, 2017
In this week's episode: Oregon economist Josh Lehner says he expects homeownership to grow relative to renting in the years ahead; a new expert report says inclusionary zoning has a near zero effect on increasing affordable housing.
Duration: 06:41
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - April 25, 2017
This week: Oregon's jobless rate reaches historic low; Metro mulls process changes for expanding urban growth boundary; apartment projects in downtown Vancouver, Washington.
Duration: 06:12
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - April 18, 2017
In this episode: the release of Multifamily Northwest's apartment report for greater Portland; a surge in the number of homes for sale in Portland, and the Portland Tribune weights in on pending rent control legislation.
Duration: 06:45
Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - April 11, 2017
In this episode: status of Oregon House Bill 2004-A allowing rent control, Portland's new committee oversight on affordable housing, and a new 220-unit apartment building slated for the South side of the Burnside Bridgehead.
Duration: 05:23
Multifamily Marketwatch - April 4, 2017
In the headlines this week: Oregon House Bill 2004-A allowing rent control and ending no-cause evictions moves out of committee; Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler plans a new city department to license and monitor landlords; news outlets reporting that some recent market data shows rents starting to flatten in Portland.
Duration: 06:17
Multifamily Marketwatch - March 28, 2017
In this episode, we discuss the latest news and stories of interest to owners of multifamily property and rentals in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington metro area.
Duration: 06:23
Multifamily Marketwatch - March 14, 2017
Two apartment buildings in Portland's Sellwood and Moreland neighborhoods become the first proposed under the city's new inclusionary zoning law.
Duration: 03:56
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - March 7, 2017
Oregon legislators hold first public hearings relating to rent control at the state capitol.
Duration: 03:23
HFO Multifamily Marketwatch - February 28, 2017
HFO begins its weekly Multifamily Marketwatch podcast. Portland landlords take their case against City Hall to Federal Court.
Duration: 05:39